The oldest Fenton Glass Company patterns were based on images found in nature, including the "Peacock Tail," "Butterfly" and "Berries and Wreath of Roses." The first Fenton pattern, created in 1907, one year after construction of the company factory, was "Water Lily and Cattails," which appeared on a crystal cream pitcher.Continue Reading
Other early Fenton Glass patterns included "Thistle," "Paneled Dandelion" as well as "Grape and Cable," which featured a rope and large leaf metaphor in its design motif. The "Paneled Dandelion" pattern included pressed leaf designs in colors that altered with the angle of light, sometimes appearing blue or green and occasionally even resembling marigold.
The Fenton Company created its patterns against an iridescent style of glass it called "Iridill." To make it, factory workers pressed footed and flat-bottomed molten glass into a mold. While the resulting relief usually appeared on a given vessel's exterior, it sometimes appeared on the interior. Consumers were taken with the designs and patterns on the pieces.
As the years went by, Fenton began offering more abstract patterns, such as its Diamond Lace, designed by Frank L. Fenton, company president. One of these, the Milk Glass Hobnail pattern, eventually became the best known of the entire Fenton line.Learn more about Antiques